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Secretary Rice Goes To Asia: Part Three.
Wrapping up our Three-Part Series (part 1, part 2) on Secretary of State Rice's trip though Asia, WILLisms.com now turns to an examination of how the Japan, South Korea, China segment of the journey went.
While in Japan, Secretary Rice dealt with beef importation issues, and the issue of North Korea, asserting American support for the 6-party talks, but she also turned the spotlight on Japan's tranformation since World War II into a full and free democracy.
At Sophia University, Secretary Rice iterated American unambiguous support for a permanent seat for Japan on the United Nations Security Council, which was an interesting point made in the wake of Kofi Annan's announced UN reforms. She also remarked:
President Bush often talks about how he feels when he sits across the table from Prime Minister Koizumi. I have heard him tell the story from Des Moines, Iowa, to Miami, Florida, to Portland, Oregon, and across the United States during the campaign. He talks of the difficult choices and sacrifices that were made after World War II, so that Japan could emerge not just strong and stable, but democratic and free. He talks about what it means to now sit across from not just an ally, but a democratic ally in Japan. He talks about the strength that he gains from working with a democratic leader like the Prime Minister and the people of Japan to solve the world's continuing problems, whether on the North Korean peninsula or in Iraq or in Afghanistan, or fighting disease and poverty. And he talks about the inspiration that he draws from it.
It is inspiring to think about young Marine Sam Franklin (grandfather, or "Pop") fighting across the Pacific Ocean against the Japanese six decades ago, nearly giving his life on the bloody island of Saipan. Within a millisecond of history, the United States and Japan went from mortal enemies to two of the closest freedom-loving allies on the planet, even increasingly sharing cultural ties, which was even more unthinkable just a few decades ago.
While in South Korea, one interesting aspect of the trip was Rice's conversation with internet journalists. In one exchange, she explained her "outpost of tyranny" remark, assuaging war fears, noting that the U.S. as a rule is,
...going to speak up for people who live without freedom. It is who we are. And the President has made very clear that he believes that freedom is a universal value. Look at what has happened here in South Korea. Look at what you're able to say and what you're able to do. That's the essence of human dignity, is to be able to say what you think, to worship as you please, to educate your children, girls and boys. This is the essence of human dignity. No one should be denied that.
While in China, perhaps the most interesting aspect of the trip was Secretary Rice's visit to a Beijing church, a symbolic way of expressing solidarity with those who desire freedom, including freedom of religion in a country rated "not free" by Freedom House:
...the United States hopes that there will be improved relations in religious freedom with the Catholic Church, with the Dalai Lama’s representatives, so that Tibetans can freely pursue their cultural interests. We also talked a good deal about the need for China to think about a more open political system that will match its economic openness and allow for the full creativity of the Chinese people.
Ross Terrill argues in The Weekly Standard that it is time for some democratic noise in Asia:
A major liberalization--even short of democracy--in China would rock the shabby dictatorships in Pyongyang and Rangoon. A tide of democracy in all three would do more for peace, human rights, and, yes, stability in East Asia than a decade of "six country talks" or a hundred sessions of the Asian Regional Forum of ASEAN....
In each of the Asian countries, Rice and the leaders of foreign countries expressed solidarity on the idea of a non-nuclear North Korea. Rice also called for the resumption of the 6-party-talks, because, after all, China holds enormous sway over Pyongyang.
All in all, Secretary Rice talked tough when necessary, but charmed the pants off of the Asians. Overall, a successful trip.
We look forward to covering Secretary Rice's travels more in the coming weeks, months, and years, so stay tuned to WILLisms.com for more. In fact, tune in tomorrow for a comparison between Secretaries Powell and Rice.
Posted by Will Franklin · 22 March 2005 03:34 PM
Way to go Will! Pop would be so proud of you and what you stand for... I know I am! That is such a cute picture of Condoleeza with the Sumo guy.
Posted by: Mom at March 22, 2005 04:07 PM